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Haiti cholera deaths put at 2 591

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Haiti cholera deaths put at 2 591

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The number of people who have died since the cholera outbreak in late October has risen to 2 591 according to figures released by the Ministry of Health here on Tuesday.
It said that a total of 121 518 people have been affected by the water borne disease with 63 711 having received treatment at various hospitals.
Health care officials said the epidemic has spread to all of Haiti’s ten provinces, with the Artibonite in the northwest being the hardest hit, where more than 800 people have died.
Cholera, which has affected 62 people in the neighbouring Dominican Republic, first appeared last October in the central city of Mirebalais.
A French medical study said that the outbreak was caused by human waste being dumped in a river by a camp of Napalese soldiers, who are members of the United Nations (IUN) peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
But the Napalese government and the UN have disputed that account.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would name a group of scientific experts to investigate the origin of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which had been free of the disease for decades.
Authorities say the epidemic is adding to the burdens of Haiti, which is still struggling to recover from the massive January 12 earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people and left at least 1.5 million homeless. (CMC)